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Historic Turkish-Armenian building in Gaziantep turned into city museum.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A historic building, Bayazhan, in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, which was jointly constructed by Turkish and Armenian partners 115 years ago, has turned into a city museum after undergoing renovation, the Armenian Agos weekly reported on Monday.

The building was constructed by Bayaz Ahmet Ay-a, a tobacco dealer, and his Armenian partner whose name was not revealed by the daily. According to the Agos report, the construction of the building lasted for six years and when Gaziantep was occupied by the British during World War I, the building was used as a military headquarters.

The building was purchased from the Bayaz family by Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality in 2005 and a project was launched for the building's restoration. Bayazhan was restored by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKy).

There are 20 sections in the museum which include information and portraits on a wide range of issues about Gaziantep, the city's lifestyle, social life, cuisine, traditional clothing and sports events.

An audio guide also provides information to visitors about the history of the building during their visit to the museum.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Jan 7, 2013
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